Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2020

The Oxford Brookes International Poetry Competition 2020 is open until September 14, 2020 (23:00 BST/22:00 GMT). Entry Fee: £5 to submit a poem, or £4 per poem for more than three entries. You may enter a maximum of 10 poems. Prizes: First prize – £1000, Second prize – £200 There are two categories: · English […]

The Anne Frank Creative Writing Awards 2020

The Anne Frank Creative Writing Awards 2020 are open until June 30, 2020 (5pm). Free to enter. Their vision at the Anne Frank Trust is for a world free from prejudice and discrimination. They’re looking for creative writing inspired by Anne Frank that helps them achieve that vision. Open to 10- 15 year olds who […]

Soundwork Monologue Competition

The Soundwork Monologue Competition is open until November 30, 2020. Free to enter. Any style or theme. Up to ten minutes. Prize: Recording by professional actor and production for inclusion on Soundcloud and the Soundwork website. More here.

Southam Bookfest Flash Fiction Competition

The Southam Bookfest Flash Fiction Competition is open until September 4, 2020 (noon). The competition is open to anyone over 16 and is for an original work of fiction no longer than 100 words. The words ‘tripped over’ must be included. Entry fee: £2 per story, six stories is £8. You may enter as many […]

Beechmore Writing Competitions

The Beechmore Writing Competitions open on June 1, 2020 and close on July 31, 2020. Beechmore Life Writing Competition Free to enter. Prizes: 1st: £200, 2nd: £100, discretionary: £50 Submit up to 1,000 words. More here. Beechmore Arts Journalism Competition Free to enter Prizes: 1st: £200, 2nd: £100, discretionary: £50 Submit up to 1,000 words. […]

Globe Soup Short Story Competition

The Globe Soup Short Story Competition is open until July 12, 2020. Prize: £1000 Globe Soup is looking for the best short story of no more than 5,000 words. Every Globe Soup short story competition features a different country, which all participants must set their story in. Entry: £5 early, £8 general All entries must […]

Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize

The Queen Mary Wasafiri New Writing Prize is now open until June 15, 2020 (5pm BST). Judged by Penguin/Hamish Hamilton editor Simon Prosser, Guardian journalist Aida Edemariam, and award-winning poet Raymond Antrobus, and chaired by poet and publisher Kadija Sesay. The best new writers of fiction, life writing, and poetry will each receive £1,000. There […]

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020

The Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2020 is open until September 28, 2020. Judges: Mona Arshi & Mark Doty Prizes: £2,000, £1,000, £500. Submit poems of up to 45 lines, in English. Fees: £5/€6/$7 per poem More here.

Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020

The Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020 is open until July 31, 2020. Free to enter. Open to anyone between the ages of 11 and 17. Poems must be in English. Judges: Maura Dooley and Keith Jarrett The top 15 winners will be invited to attend a week-long residential writing course at an […]

Chalk Circle Writers Short Story Competition

The Chalk Circle Writers Short Story Competition is open until August 31, 2020. Submit up to 2,000 words, excluding the title. Entry fee: £6 Prizes: £200, £100 and £50 plus possible inclusion in their forthcoming anthology and on their website. Short listed entries will be judged by Vanessa Gebbie. More here.

The Moth Nature Writing Prize

The Moth Nature Writing Prize is now open until September 15, 2020. Judge: Richard Mabey, one of the UK’s foremost nature writers. The Prize will be awarded to an unpublished piece of writing – prose fiction, non-fiction or poetry – which best combines exceptional literary merit with an exploration of the writer’s relationship with the […]

Grindstone Literary Writing Competitions

The Grindstone Literary Writing Competitions are now open. Grindstone 2020 Novel Prize – Judged by Catherine Cho of the Madeleine Milburn Agency Final Deadline: 28th September 2020 Entry Fee: £20 (Optional Feedback Supplement: £8) Prizes: £1000, £500, 4x £100 (+ Publication for all prize winners) Maximum Word Count: 3000 + Synopsis Grindstone 2020 Flash Fiction […]

SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2020 Post Apocalypse

The SaveAs Writers’ International Writing Competition 2020 POST Apocalypse is open until August 31, 2020. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the publication of Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, they are looking for poems and short stories which respond to the themes of this novel. Write about an area, a society, a world before, during […]

Kindle Storyteller Award

The Kindle Storyteller Award opens on May 1st and closes on August 31st. The award is for the best self-published story in the UK. The winner will receive £20,000, marketing promotion for their title on Amazon in the UK and mentorship to help them learn and grow as a writer. Readers play a significant role […]

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2020

The Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2020 is open until June 30, 2020. First Prize: £500 – Manchester Cathedral Poet of the Year, 2020 Second Prize: £250 Third Prize: £150 Poems should be broadly religious or spiritual in nature and appeal to those who would not necessarily describe themselves as religious. Judge: Rachel Mann Entry Fee: […]

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until June 30, 2020. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50 Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize

The Streetcake Experimental Writing Prize is open until July 1, 2020. Judges: Nik Perring, Astra Papachristodoulou, Sascha Akhtar and Jarred McGinnis Submit short fiction and poetry entries. Open to 18-30 year olds who are resident in the UK (it is not necessary to be a UK national). Entry starts at £1 and they will be […]

Book Pipeline Competitions

Book Pipeline have two writing competitions. Book Pipeline: Unpublished The Unpublished competition is exclusively for unpublished manuscripts across 6 categories of fiction and nonfiction: Young Adult, Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Mystery / Thriller, Literary, Outsider / Experimental, Nonfiction. Select publishers and agents get first look at the top selections for each category, including LGR Literary Agency, […]

Pennine Ink Competition

The Pennine Ink Competition is open until July 1, 2020. This is an annual flash fiction competition run by Pennine Ink Writers for anyone aged 18 and over. Writers can use the picture featured on the ‘Competition’ page as inspiration. Submit up to 500 words. Entry fees: £3 for one story and £5 for two. […]

Aurora Prize for Writing 2020

The Aurora Prize for Writing 2020 will open for entries on Monday 30th March 2020 and the deadline for entries will be Monday 8th June 2020 at midnight. The competition is run by Writing East Midlands, in partnership with the Society of Authors. Submit short fiction (of up to 2,000 words) and poetry (of up […]

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2020

Canterbury Festival’s Poet of the Year Competition 2020 is now open until 15 June 2020. Submit poems on any subject and in any form but no more than 60 lines long. Judges: Luigi Marchini, Chair of SaveAS Writers, Gary Studley, Chair of Dead Hoarse Writers, and Mara Adamitz Scrupe, Poet of the Year 2019. Prizes: […]

Wells Festival of Literature International Competitions

The Wells Festival of Literature International Competitions are open from April 1-June 30, 2020. Open Poetry: Entry fee, £6 Prizes: 1st £1,000, 2nd £500, 3rd £250, Local £100 Any subject, no more than 35 lines Judge: Jo Shapcott Short Story: Entry fee, £6 Prizes: 1st £750, 2nd £300, 3rd £200, Local £100 Any subject, 1,000 […]

Winchester Poetry Prize 2020

The Winchester Poetry Prize 2020 is open until July 31, 2020. Prizes: £1000, £500, £250. There is also a prize for the best poem by a Hampshire-based poet. Longlisted poets will be invited to read at a prize-giving event at the Winchester Poetry Festival on Saturday 10th October 2020. Winning and commended poems will also […]

WriteTime Short Story Competitions

The WriteTime Short Story Competitions are open to writers aged over 60. Closing dates are 31 March, 30 June, 30 September, 31 December 2020. Submit up to 1,500 words. Entry fee: £3 for one story and £5 for two stories First prize is £50. Prizes for two runners-up £25 each. Winners and highly commended stories […]

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly international competition for stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Entry Fee: Choose your own! 50 long-listed authors will be offered publication in a print anthology and they will receive a free copy. They will also publish one story on their website every […]

Enfield Poets’ Competition

The Enfield Poets’ Competition is open until 7th March 2020. Judge: Ruth Padel Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Any theme or form. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning poems will be published on the Enfield Poets’ website. Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 More here.

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

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